The Batam Island in Indonesia is expected to account for 20 per cent of the country’s target of 15 million foreign tourists in 2017.
Wisnu Bawa Tarunajaya, assistant deputy for Tourism Human Resource Development, said that Bali would remain as the country’s top destination amongst overseas visitors, with 40 per cent of the target number. Jakarta would account for 30 per cent of the expected tourist count, while other parts of Indonesia would attract the remaining 10 per cent of the target.
Tarunajaya said that those from Australia, China and other ASEAN countries are likely to be make up the population of foreign visitors in Indonesia this year.
In Batam, shopping malls like WOW Getaways with duty-free items are a reason why tourists love to explore the area. Some particularly like the place’s bustling nightlife, and the idea that there are nearby resorts and beaches makes it more attractive.
While it may not be as popular as Bali, Tarunajaya said that Batam would be one of the key areas that will help Indonesia in realising the target number for 2017. In the previous year, the government had aimed to record 4.4 million of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali.
The Ministry of Tourism is believed to be planning the development of alternative tourist attractions in the country, which it sees as a way to stimulate competition in the tourism industry, according to Tarunajaya.
These development projects include the Lake Toba in Sumatra, Tanjung Klayang in Bangka-Belitung province, Thousand Islands in Jakarta, Tanjung Lesung in West Java, Mandalika in Lombok, Labuhan Bajo in Flores, Wakatobi in Sulawesi and Morotai in Maluku.
There is a bright side on Batam being a less popular choice than Bali. It just means tourists can experience a more relaxing holiday or vacation due to fewer people. This is especially good for those that want to avoid crowds and hope to make their trip as worthwhile and stress-free as possible.